The Values Manifesto is a unique non-partisan election manifesto that any member of the public can claim as their own. Representatives of five of Britain’s most prominent religious groups are urging voters, and candidates, to commit to four key values that would detoxify the language of debate during the final stretch of the election campaign.

By asking signatories to “appreciate diversity” and “listen to views we disagree with”, the Values Manifesto seeks a Britain driven by “wellbeing and values” and not just by “cost and wealth”.

With the most intense pre-election campaigning now in full flow, representatives of the Church of England, City Hindus Network, Sikh Council UK, Reform Judaism and the British Muslim Forum have thrown their weight behind the initiative.

Signatories of the manifesto pledge to “embrace diversity”, “protect the most vulnerable in society” and to “acknowledge the importance of values”.

the values manifesto

We want to live in a Britain that values people. The Values Manifesto is a commitment to a Britain driven by values and wellbeing, and not only by cost and wealth. Politics and economics matter, but what really defines our country is how we treat one another, and how differences of culture, religion and opinion enliven our society. Everyone who has signed up to the Values Manifesto has committed to four principles.

We commit to:

  1. Appreciating diversity as healthy for Britain
  2. Listen to views we disagree with, and to try to understand why people hold these views
  3. Acknowledge the importance of values, both those that are common to all and those that are specific to some
  4. Protect the most vulnerable in our society

how to get involved

You, and your parliamentary candidates, can show your commitment to the Values Manifesto by ‘pinning’ a Values Manifesto rosette onto your Facebook or Twitter profiles for the remainder of the 2017 election campaign.

You can keep up to date with the Values Manifesto by visiting the Values Manifesto Facebook page, or the Values Manifesto Twitter page: @ValuesManifesto.

who are we?

Rob Wickham, Bishop of Edmonton. Rob has served as a priest for nearly 20 years in London. He has been the Vicar of the Kings Cross area of London, and subsequently Rector of Hackney. He is also a Living Wage Commissioner, and the winter cold weather shelter ambassador for Housing Justice. In London he oversees the work of the church in Camden, Barnet, Haringey and Enfield.

Of course economics matters, but what we need is a balanced debate that asks what people really need to flourish, and this needs to be towards creating a common good.

Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner is Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism and a President of the Council of Christians and Jews. Janner-Klausner is a regular broadcaster on programmes such as BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day, BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought and BBC One’s The Big Questions and Sunday Morning Live.
We want to change the language of the election and ensure candidates are discussing values, and not just value.

Qari Asim MBE is a senior Imam at Leeds’ Makkah mosque and an independent member of the British Government’s Anti-Muslim Hatred working group. He is an executive member of the British Muslim Forum, Christian Muslim Forum and JIF's Imams & Rabbis Council.
The Values Manifesto is for everyone, not just for people of faith. Signatories are simply showing they are united by a set of values.

Gurinder Singh Josan is a member of the Sikh Council UK national executive and a former trustee of the Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Smethwick.   He is a trustee and director of HOPE Not Hate - the anti-extremism charitable trust and campaigning organisation.
Elections involve discussion and debate. The Values Manifesto simply says ‘we’re going to respect each other as we do this.

Cllr Dhruv Patel, is the Founder and a Director of the City Hindus Network. He is also a Common Councilman of the City of London Corporation where he is Chairman of Community & Children’s Services and Deputy Chairman of The City Bridge Trust.
With many individuals struggling to find significant resonance with the mainstream political parties, this provides us with a way of representing views as part of a wider movement.

contact us

If you have any queries, please contact us at the following email address: info@valuesmanifesto.org.uk